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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/PEC/FT442
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 18 October 2013
Application Deadline: 8 November 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
HQ/PMO Polio Monitoring & Operations Unit
To implement the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 with the overall goal to complete the eradication and containment of all wild, vaccine-related and Sabin polioviruses. The immediate strategic objective is to implement poliovirus containment activities, towards management of facility-based poliovirus risks following wild poliovirus eradication and cessation of oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) use.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Team Leader, Surveillance, Certification and Containment, Team, Polio Monitoring and Operations (PMO), and in consultation with the Coordinator, PMO, and Director, Polio Operations and Research (POL), the incumbent will:

1. Provide central coordination for the finalization of the 'Global Action Plan on Containing Poliovirus in Facilities' (GAP III), including to: (a) align GAP III with the strategies and timelines of the polio 'endgame' (i.e. including containment measures for SABIN2 (vaccine) virus strains and filling OPV2 stockpiles), and (b) to assure that the required adaptation of GAP III fully addresses i) the OPV2 cessation timelines, ii) the requirement for global access to inactivated poliovaccine (IPV), iii) the alignment of safeguards related to polio vaccination schedules with the current recommendations of OPV withdrawal and IPV introduction, and iv) processes to evaluate the bio-risk of novel polio production strains.

2. Oversee the process of poliovirus containment in laboratories and vaccine production facilities globally, with special consideration to achieve the containment pre-requisites for the simultaneous global withdrawal of OPV2, through: (a) guiding the completion of laboratory surveys and inventories (Phase I of the GAP III) in all polio-free countries in conjunction with WHO Regional offices; (b) coordinating risk elimination in non-essential facilities through destruction of all infectious and potentially infectious wild poliovirus (WPV) material within 1 year after interruption of WPV transmission and of all OPV/SABIN material at the time of global OPV cessation; (c) overseeing risk management in the specially designated facilities which support essential international poliovirus risk management functions and which continue to hold infectious and potentially infectious material, by applying special safeguards, and through international laboratory accreditation reviews; (d) coordinating containment activities closely with WHO certification focal points and with global and regional polio laboratory network coordinators to support the achievement of the specific containment levels needed for the planned withdrawal of OPV2.

3. Provide key technical secretariat services, with Global Capacities, Alert and Response/ Health Security and Environment (GCR/HSE), to the Expert 'Ad-hoc Task Force on Containment' which will be reconvened to assist in finalizing GAP III and developing a revised poliovirus containment timeline, followed by broad public consultation and specific consultation with vaccine manufacturers.

4. Coordinate with the Department of Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies (EMP) and the 'Expert Committee on Biological Standards' (ECBS), parallel to the general containment policy outlined in GAP III, the elaboration of a specific poliovirus containment policy for vaccine producers (draft by end-2013).

5. Assure, in close coordination with the global polio laboratory network, vaccine manufacturers, and all other relevant groups, the identification of facilities which will need to continue to hold poliovirus infectious material to support essential international functions for long term poliovirus risk management IPV production, OPV stockpile management, diagnostic reagent production, crucial research).
Doctoral degree in bio-medical sciences, health or related discipline.
Training in bio-safety and risk management of infectious disease pathogens.

Specialized training in virology, immunology or bio-safety.
Substantial knowledge of infectious disease pathogens, laboratory and bio-medical safety, virology, molecular biology, immunology and epidemiology of infectious diseases, specifically in vaccine-preventable diseases and poliomyelitis.
Ability to draft, evaluate, edit and present technical reports and publications.
Excellent interpersonal negotiating and consultative skills.
Excellent demonstrated scientific writing and presentation skills in English.

WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.
Substantial experience in bio-safety and risk management of infectious disease pathogens, including at least 10 years of experience working on bio-safety or bio-risk management, and in setting safety policy at a facility, at national or international level.

Member of a bio-safety professional association.
Experience in advising on laboratory bio-safety practices or on containment and management of dangerous pathogens.
Expert knowledge of English.

Intermediate knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80734 at single rate
USD 86904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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